Cholita (Ann Ayars), after a long absence in Mexico City, is returning home to take up her duties as head of the rancho and, as everyone expects, to marry her childhood sweetheart Jose (Jorge Negrete as George Negrete).
October 7, 2013 Subject:
A great example
This is a great example of early Technicolor. It had a decent plot, but the people were too bright and shiny for me. :)
June 21, 2012 Subject:
Charming, But Very Short
Three stars for the plot. Add a star for the music. Add another for the quality and color. Hard to believe that this is a 1941 flick. Pure pleasure to watch. Now if only someone would find and post a color print of "The Dancing Pirate".
September 14, 2011 Subject:
Here is a well-preserved example of why the term "Technicolor" entered the American lexicon as a metaphor for a style of storytelling (in literature or orally) that evokes vivid images in the minds of the audience. Say what you want about Natalie Kalmus as Technicolor's color consultant (and several directors have already said plenty), she was certainly able to coordinate the costuming and set design to show off her ex-husband's process to best advantage (or maybe the other designers chose the costumes and set designs over her objections—what the heck do I know?). After you've seen this, if you want to treat yourself to some real eye candy, great music, and a good story, have a look at Till the Clouds Roll By, which is a fictionalized story of the life of Jerome Kern.
Modern filmmakers have gone so far as to use digital effects in an attempt to duplicate the rich, saturated colors of the Technicolor dye-transfer process. If the history (and a description of how the process actually worked) interests you, have a look at the Early Color Motion Picture Processes section of the WideScreen Museum, and at this Wikipedia article.
November 28, 2008 Subject:
An excellent musical.
This film is a gem; I'm not much for musicals but this is an exception. The richness of the colors and costumes is unreal; some of the music is nicely done; the plot is simplistic but humorous. The hero looks just like, I'm not making this up, Mr. Jose Jalapeno, on-a-stick, from Jeff Dunham's puppet comedies. These are available on DVD and my be previewed on 'You-Tube' if still posted there. This is worth the time to watch, in my opinion.